Sept. 4, 2020 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 1:39pm

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 8: K-5 First Day of Virtual School  9:00 - 3:50

Thursday, September 10: PreK and Preschool First Day of Virtual School

Wednesday, September 16: FRES Virtual Wellness Night  6:00 - 8:00

Wednesday, September 23:  Pre-K - 2 Back to School Night  6:30 - 8:00

Thursday, September 24:  Grades 3 - 5  Back to School Night 6:30 - 8:00

A Message from our Administrators:

Dear FRES Community,
Wow!  What a week we’ve had.  The best part was being able to reconnect with our students again at our Orientations today.  Our staff has worked hard to get ready for next week and are excited to get to know the students.  Please make sure you check Canvas for any announcements from your child’s teacher(s).  

Enjoy the holiday weekend and we will “see” you all on Tuesday morning. 

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Using Canvas in the Classroom
We strongly encourage all families to view the following videos on the use of Canvas in the classroom.  Even if you used Canvas last year, these videos would be a great refresher.  We will be using Canvas much more this year than we did in the Spring. 

From our Instrumental Music Teachers, Mrs. De Orio and Mrs. Yeager - Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade families
Will there still be instrumental music while we are in a virtual learning setting?  YES!!!!  Instrumental music has always been an important part of our culture at Forest Ridge, and being virtual will not change that. Visit to learn more about the Band & Orchestra programs and to REGISTER ONLINE. All new and returning students will need to register.  We hope your student chooses to join us and make music together in the Band & Orchestra.

From the FRES Health Room
Is your child in need of immunizations?  Free immunization clinics are being offered around Howard County. 

View the flyer in English here.
View the flyer in Spanish here.

Family File
Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the Family File tab on the left and then clicking on Family File.

Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:

  •  Student Information

  •  Parent/Guardian Contact

  •  Emergency Contacts

  •  Medical Information

  •  Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

  •  Photo Approval

  •  Data Confidentiality

  •  PTA/PTSA Directory

Please note if a parent completed the Family File prior to August 10th, the information entered will be attached to the 2019-2020 school year and the Family File will be considered incomplete.

Schedules for Virtual Learning
The 2020-2021 virtual instruction model provides students with, on average, 3 hours of synchronous learning with their teachers four days each week.  The remaining instructional time is designated for students to complete asynchronous learning activities and assignments.  

Students also have daily opportunities to access additional synchronous supports.  Click here to see the schedules for each grade level.  

Daycare Provider in our Community
Jigna Bhatt(Just Like Mom Daycare)
Loving and caring Just like mom
Licensed day care in Stone Lake community
Care available for toddler
No virtual learning pod
301-776-8624 Home
301-377-4317 Cell
Lic# 16-0504

Information and Application for Free and Reduced Meals
HCPSS participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs which provide families with significant benefits to help save money. Qualification is based on family size and income, and enrollment is confidential. All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can get free meals regardless of income, and students from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.  If financial circumstances have changed for your family due to Covid-19, please check to see if you are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Meals program.

Families currently eligible must submit a new application each year.

For more information and to apply on-line.  Click here.

The HCPSS website provides a list of the benefits provided to children who are eligible for FARMs.